In this poetic pseudo-snuff tale about a killer, his victim and the relationship they share, we're shown the darkest fantasies of a deranged man. The man brings his victim out in the middle of the Death Valley, and the torture that at times seperates itself from reality begins.
I've never had such a big problem reviewing a film before. "PIG" is a very hard film to understand, and it's a straight out oddity from start to finish. After watching parts of the extra material for the DVD (a very beautiful DVD, I shall add. The entire release is a piece of art), I understand the film a bit more, hopefully the important parts, but I it's still too strange for me to pick to pieces bit by bit.
The film is about a killer (played by Rozz Williams. The now deceased musician known from the band "Christian Death") who drives his victim (James Hollan, apparently a fan of Rozz) out into a small house in the middle of the desert. In the house he performs different sadistic acts out of the book "Why God Permits Evil", such as carving the word "PIG" into his chest, piercing his penis and nipples and so on. Should be noted that James Hollan let Rozz do anything he wanted to, so these things are happening for real. But the film is not a straight through torture film, it's a film about the relationship between the two. I guess the words "homosexual eroticism" could be used here, but I never felt it was that strong of a relationship. Rozz Williams says in an interview that he has a small obsession with serial killers, and mostly the killers who only go for boys or men, and that if he was to be a killer, that's what he would be like. He felt killing women would only be something that would be done out of anger. Hearing Rozz say these things, makes many parts of the movie easier to understand, but Rozz and Nico B has made a film that is so much more than that, and I don't think it should be analyzed too much.
The film definitely gets better the more you see it (and if you get a chance to watch it with the commentary track by Nico B then I think you should do that too.) It's not as brutal as people seem to think, but it's very morbid and cruel. There is no doubt that some people would have a hard time watching the film. Personally, the torture part of the film is the weakest part. It's everything around it that makes it work. Even the littlest things, like the hanging skeleton (can be seen on the front cover), it can be seen in the film if you concentrate.
The film is very well made and the set is stunning. Filming the film in Death Valley was a very good choice. Rozz Williams made alot of amazing props for the film, and each of them helps the film be anything but a usual torture film. If you think you're gonna watch another "Guinea Pig", or "August Underground", you're wrong. This is a poetic and artistic film, and nothing else. If you're not in the mood for that, it will probably stink. The fact that Rozz Williams called this film an exorcism of his demons says alot about the film, and the maker too. I am not a big fan of Rozz Williams' other work, but this is a piece of history, and I'm sure he is proud that this was his final work.
P.S. Buy the DVD released by Cult Epics if you can find it. Like I said earlier, even the DVD is a piece of art. It has a beautiful front cover, and comes with a 40-page booklet that's copying the book in the film, and there's just something about holding that DVD.